Sussex

Tribute to 'delightful young lady' found dead in Sussex

Cathy and Keira Madden
Image caption Cathy Madden's note claims her daughter died in an accident at sea

A four-old girl who was found dead at the same time her mother jumped off a cliff has been described as a "beautiful and delightful young lady".

Cathy Madden, 40, was discovered at the bottom of the Seven Sisters cliffs, near Birling Gap, on Saturday.

Her daughter Keira was found in Roundle Avenue, Felpham, Bognor, West Sussex by police officers at about the same time.

Keira's maternal grandparents said the last four years had been "the most wonderful time" of their lives.

'Adored each other'

In a statement, released through Sussex Police, they said: "We have been privileged to be part of her gradual change from a tiny baby into a beautiful, delightful and clever young lady who charmed us in everything she did and learned.

"Throughout her short life Keira, with Cathy, had a marvellous and fulfilling time together, with both of them learning and adapting to each other.

"The two adored each other and nothing came between that love."

On Tuesday Sussex Police said a note, apparently written by Mrs Madden, was found next to Keira's body saying she had drowned at the beach on Friday.

Police have been unable to confirm whether Keira drowned.

A post-mortem examination was inconclusive and officers are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to establish the cause of death.

Mrs Madden had been going through a divorce from the child's father, Steve Madden, a self-employed computer expert who lives and works in Germany.

He would come back to the UK every three weeks for access visits to see Keira.

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